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Gwen Jorgensen pregnant, to sit out 2017 triathlon season

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Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen is pregnant and will not compete this year.

“Just kind of take this year a little bit easier,” Jorgensen said in videos posted on Facebook on Thursday. “I’m going to swim, bike, run as much as I can, but I don’t really know how much I can do.”

The baby is due Aug. 3, according to Jorgensen’s social media, and hopes to return to competition as quickly as possible after the birth. The international triathlon season runs from March through mid-September.

Jorgensen, 30, became the first U.S. Olympic triathlon champion in Rio after going in as the heavy favorite.

She has said for months that she planned to take time off to have a baby before returning to defend her Olympic title at Tokyo 2020, and Tokyo is still the goal.

Swiss Nicola Spirig, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2016 silver medalist, is reportedly expecting a child in May.

In Jorgensen and Spirig’s absences, the top triathletes going into the season are defending world champion Flora Duffy of Bermuda, U.S. Olympians Katie Zaferes and Sarah True and Britons Vicky Holland and Helen Jenkins.

Jorgensen’s last competition was the New York City Marathon on Nov. 6, when she finished 14th in her first running race longer than 10 miles.

The World Triathlon Series kicks off in Abu Dhabi the first weekend of March.

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Nicola Spirig, Olympic triathlon champ, pregnant again

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Nicola Spirig is pregnant with her second child, due in May, and said she is open to competing in her fifth Olympics in 2020 if she has a medal chance, according to Swiss media.

Spirig, 34, won the 2012 Olympic triathlon in a photo finish over Sweden’s Lisa Norden. Then she gave birth to Yannis in March 2013 before coming back to take silver behind American Gwen Jorgensen in Rio.

Spirig is the only woman to win multiple Olympic triathlon medals. No triathlete has competed in five Olympics.

Jorgensen, 30, also hopes to have a baby next year and return to defend her title at Tokyo 2020.

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Triathlon federation boss wants Olympic races shortened

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The president of the International Triathlon Union wants to reduce the distance of Olympic triathlons, potentially by 50 percent, according to the Times of London.

“It is very attractive to TV, and this is something very important to maintain the sport in the Olympic Games,” ITU president and International Olympic Committee member Marisol Casado said, according to the report, which added that an announcement is expected in the first half of 2017 and that semifinal races could be added, too. “It is something very important for the whole organization to discuss.”

In ITU World Series racing, there are Olympic-distance triathlons including a 1500m swim, 40km bike and 10km run as well as sprint-distance triathlons including a 750m swim, 20km bike and 5km run.

Olympic-distance races are won in a little under two hours. The sprints are less than one hour.

“It’s quicker and more dynamic from a spectator point of view, but I’ve lost count of the number of people who have come up to me and said it’s the toughness of the event that appeals,” two-time Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee said, according to the report. “It’d be a real shame to lose that.”

For years, Casado has pushed for a mixed-gender Olympic relay event to be added to the Olympic program and still hopes for Tokyo 2020. The IOC would have to approve any Olympic program changes.

Triathlon debuted at the 2000 Sydney Games.

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